<![CDATA[Azarius News]]> http://azarius.es/news/ The Very Advanced, Utterly Cool, Super Duper Azarius RSS Generator v2.34.445 info@azarius.net (azarius.net) <![CDATA[Azarius experiences: GHB]]> http://azarius.es/news/609/Azarius_experiences__GHB/
It's often said that itís very important to research a substance that influences your consciousness, before you use it. This makes perfect sense of course, but what if the substance in question is new? What if the long-term effects are unknown? It's impossible to really know everything about a given substance if research is lacking. A sad example of this is my experience with GHB. This is the tale of a substance that was once thought to be harmless.

'Mostly harmless'
When I was sixteen years old, my brother gave me the Dutch drugs bible 'Uit je bol' written by Gerben Hellinga and Hans Plomp. Although I had only smoked a few joints in my young life, I tore through this book in one go. It fascinated me immensely that oneís consciousness could be so easily and deliberately manipulated. Hans and Gerben described the pros and cons of all kinds of substances with a light-hearted tone. Armed with all this information, I started experimenting with mushrooms, salvia, ecstasy and DMT. I especially enjoyed psychedelics.

When I was twenty, back in 2002, my group of friends and I came into contact with GHB. We opened our 'Uit je bol' guide and quickly looked up what our gurus said about this stuff. We read: "GHB gives a relaxed yet energized feeling, removes sexual inhibitions, is not addictive, is not bad for the body, has little side effects and is harmless by itself. But do not mix it with alcohol, this leads to acute lose of consciousness."

Reassured by these words of wisdom, we took this drug, which at the time was relatively new. It seemed Hans and Gerben were spot on with their description, because GHB actually let us party like a maniac while allowing us to appear at work the next day without any hangover. Not surprisingly, we quickly fell in love with it. We threw our alcohol supply out the door and from that moment on we took a Ďgappieí each weekend; thatís what a dose of GHB was called in Dutch at the time. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that it wasn't such a magical party drug after all. GHB is in fact very difficult to dose. Whenever you take too much, you lose consciousness.

Not all that glitters is gold
Some of my friends had total blackouts or worse, they slipped into a state of delirium. I also experienced some of the severe side effects. Sometimes Iíd lie on the floor and there was just nothing expect a black hole in my mind. I would wake up somewhere, not knowing how Iíd gotten there. I'd done things that I could not remember, but because the effects when dosed properly where so great, many took these side effects for granted.

My aversion to GHB was growing more each day. In my humble opinion itís not normal when people at parties are lying unconscious on the ground for three hours. After each incident with me, my friends or the people around me, my doubts about this supposedly safe drug intensified. One day I awoke up from GHB coma and my friends told a horrible story, about me and what I had done that night, but I couldn't remember anything. From that moment I decided that enough was enough. I was forever done with GHB.

GHB addiction
This turned out to be easier said than done, because I still felt GHB calling me. Each weekend without, I felt incomplete. Itís like it was begging me to use it, if only a little. At the same time, a voice inside me said I should persevere and quit. It wasnít easy, as I was the only one in my group of friends to stop using GHB, but it was a decision I was more than happy with. And still am. You see, GHB isnít just hard to dose, itís also very addictive. In my close circle of friends, five people became heavily addicted to it.

I still talk to them now and again. Every three hours they take a dose of GHB. Heavy GHB addicts only 'sleep' in cycles of three hours, because thatís how long the effects of GHB last. Then they wake up and redose. If they fail to do so, theyíll experience withdrawal symptoms like sudden anxiety, depression, learning and concentration problems, stress, insomnia, profuse sweating, trembling, cramps, muscle pain, cardiac arrhythmias, delirium, hallucinations, psychosis or an epileptic seizure. So heavy GHB addicts drink themselves in a light coma every night. This regular 'light's out' leads to brain damage due to lack of oxygen.

A GHB addiction is one of the hardest addictions to get rid of. The withdrawal symptoms of heroin addiction can be countered with methadone, but no such thing exists to help you in the case of GHB. The only effective way is slowly reducing the dose. This is obviously not easy. What once seemed like a fairytale drug for us has changed into a nightmare for many. The new edition of the 'Uit je Bol' guide tells a completely different story of GHB. Itís definitely not mostly harmless any more.

A cautionary tale
I want to clarify that I donít hold a grudge against writers Hans and Gerben. Twelve years ago nobody knew the dangers of GHB. And they didnít force me to take it, it was my decision. Iím just sharing my story with you as a cautionary tale. When a substance is new and thought to be safe, be aware that research might be lacking. Not everything that glitters is gold.

Be smart and take good care of yourself and your friends. Take it from me; there are many wondrous things to experience out there, but tread lightly and thoroughly research what you take. Or simply donít give in to the unknowns!

Read the Azarius encyclopaedia page for more information on safely taking psychedelics.]]>
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/609/Azarius_experiences__GHB/
<![CDATA[And now Dennis McKenna speaks up]]> http://azarius.es/news/608/And_now_Dennis_McKenna_speaks_up/
All in the family
Like his older brother Terence McKenna, Dennis elects to study botany. Together they trek around the globe to research medicinal plants. The brothers publish several books on the subject of psychoactive plant life. But Dennis focusses on more than just hallucinogenic substances. Together with two fellow botanists he writes Botanical Medicines: the Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements.

In the background
Unlike Terence, Dennis McKenna does not seem to feel the need to broadcast his message to a big audience and have them clapping and cheering. He chooses a mainstream scientific career. For a while he makes a living developing cosmetics, albeit of the organic variety. And heís a lecturer at a few universities.

The spotlight
Today, the interest in psychotropic plants and their medicinal applications is on the rise again. Thus generating the need for people who function as voice of the movement. That's where Dennis comes in. Now he steps into the spotlight, maybe because his brother can no longer do so. Several documentarie directors asked him for help, among those Neurons to Nirvana and DMT: The Spirit Molecule. He speaks at gatherings and is a guest in radio shows and podcasts. Recently, he published a book about his adventures with Terence.

Respectable psychonaut
He may not have Timothy Learyís charisma Ė but Timothy eventually shot way past his target. He might not speak as eloquently as Terence McKenna Ė but Terence sometimes lost himself in speculation. What Dennis McKenna brings to the table? Scientific recognition, a broader view on life and a respectable background. And that might just be the characteristics that makes him an effective spokesman for this day and age.




Image taken from: www.psychointegrator.com]]>
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/608/And_now_Dennis_McKenna_speaks_up/
<![CDATA[Documentaries and movies for psychonauts]]> http://azarius.es/news/606/Documentaries_and_movies_for_psychonauts/
Watch a documentary
The public at large is slowly becoming more familiar with the medicinal use of cannabis. The rather thick layer of prejudice and ignorance is slowly being chipped away. This results in other 'drugs' being pushed into a different light. And documentary filmmakers actively pursuing the topic.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010) is a remarkable documentary. This is a reconstruction of the scientific research regarding DMT by Rick Strassman. Interviews with some of the 60 participants in the experiment result in trip reports nobody will forget any time soon, and these reports are supported by great visuals. Small note, for someone who has never tripped, this doesnít make it any clearer.

Thatís why we believe Neurons to Nirvana (2013) to be a more interesting choice. This documentary shows a broader topic. Not only traditional substances (ayahuasca, mescaline), but also those created in a lab (LSD, MDMA) are shown, without forgetting political backgrounds and sociological aspects.

Watch a movie
Do you want to relax while watching a good movie? There is no shortage in movies that revolve around the use of drugs. Itís a shame these often only further cement prejudices. Users go down, without exceptions. Hollywood does not believe in the smart and responsible user.

A rare and excellent exception to that rule is Taking Woodstock (2009). The trailer is filled to the brim with spoilers, so we won't link to it. This very relaxed movie takes place in the seventies. The main character is the charming boy next-door, Elliot. He has a license to organise an annual poetry and music festival. Every year, a handful of villagers flocks to that festival. This year, many more will come..

A bit rougher is Blueberry (2004). This italo-western is based on the graphic novels about Blueberry, a cowboy. Fans of these comics arenít exactly thrilled. The hero of the comic regularly uses mescaline, something he never does in the graphic novels.

However, in the movie he does, and thatís why it is of interest to us psychonauts. The director chose this direction because the artist who drew Blueberry, Jean Giraud, regularly went looking for psychedelic experiences. Besides that, director Jan Kounen is no stranger to psychotrophic plants. The scenes where Blueberry is tripping are - we canít say it any other way - very realistic.

Recommendations please
We sometimes find ourselves on the couch as well. If you have any recommendations for Azarius, please share in the comments!
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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/606/Documentaries_and_movies_for_psychonauts/
<![CDATA[New & available exclusively at Azarius: Utopia]]> http://azarius.es/news/610/New__available_exclusively_at_Azarius__Utopia/
Utopia is intended for the veteran psychonaut, as the capsules contain a potent combination of kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) extract and Hawaiian baby woodrose.

This whombo combo has two effects. First, you'll feel a mellow kind of relaxation. Then the psychedelic side kicks in and it's the synergy between the two that makes it such a pleasant trip.

Utopia opens you up to a different way of thinking, colours will be more intense and you'll experience closed-eye visuals. Kratom relaxes you and provides a smooth body high effect, eventually leading to a utopian feeling. It's recommended for a walk in the park or making deeper connections with your friends.

Utopia is a strong psychedelic with clearly noticeable effects and that's why it's recommend for the more experienced mind-travellers. Utopia is definitely not a party formula and we advise you to take the same precautionary measures as you would when taking sclerotia or mushrooms.

The ideal setting is at home or surrounded by nature; hanging on the couch with some good music on or in the forest with close friends. In short; a nice and not too busy setting. The trip will last between 5 and 6 hours.

Check out the Utopia product page to order this awesome new formula.]]>
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/610/New__available_exclusively_at_Azarius__Utopia/
<![CDATA[Ain't no party like a Holi party]]> http://azarius.es/news/605/Aint_no_party_like_a_Holi_party/
We were not tripping but throwing and blowing coloured Holi powder in each otherís faces!
























Not a single orifice was spared.



Little known fact: Payback is a dish best served with pink and purple powder.




Holi Gulal powder was traditionally used to celebrate the Hindu Holi Festival, but our rigorous and highly scientific testing has confirmed that throwing colour at other people is never not fun, no matter the occasion!

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/605/Aint_no_party_like_a_Holi_party/
<![CDATA[Amsterdam clubbers and ravers drink heavily and take more ecstasy]]> http://azarius.es/news/604/Amsterdam_clubbers_and_ravers_drink_heavily_and_take_more_ecstasy/
Amsterdam club scene in flux
The club scene of Amsterdam is under pressure. Smart young entrepreneurs organize parties at alternative locations, especially outside the city centre. This trend has been going on for a while. The key word is 'rave'. Raves are dance events that are not tied to a fixed location or a fixed evening. They range from small festivals to semi-legal parties, inside or in the open air.

There are clubbers who swear by raves, others prefer to go to clubs. But these scenes are not strictly separated: there are ravers that occasionally go to a club and clubbers that also visit raves. Another striking development in Amsterdam is the significantly expanding number of students. This is reflected within the nightlife. In the previous survey, in 2008, raves were not yet in vogue. Back then only clubbers were examined and 54% of them were students. In 2013, this applies to 66% of clubbers and ravers.

Alcohol remains popular
Alcohol remains the most commonly used substance. In the club or on a rave 88% drank alcohol. In addition, 67% took alcohol before going out and 16% would enjoy an alcoholic beverage afterwards. In total 93% of the party people drink alcohol on a night out with an average of 8 glasses.

Ecstasy is more popular than ever, amphetamine loses its negative image
55% of the clubbers and ravers in Amsterdam used ecstasy within the last month. If we compare this to 2008 these figures have more than doubled. Nearly a quarter (23%) of the clubbers had used amphetamines in the last month. In 2008 it was still 6%. Use of ecstasy during nights out increased from 9% to 29%. Amphetamine use during nights increased from 4% to 13%. The increase in the use of ecstasy and speed was mainly due to the ravers, but also the clubbers of 2013 who used these substances more than in 2008. On a night out, ravers took ecstasy more often (42% vs 17%) but they also took amphetamines more frequently than clubbers (34% vs 14%).

The dose of ecstasy pills was historically high in 2013: an average of 148 mg of MDMA per pill. There was much variation in the quality of pills, but nearly two out of three pills (64%) contained a high dose (> 140 mg MDMA). In recent years, amphetamine (speed) received a more positive image among trendsetters in the Amsterdam nightlife. Speed is relatively inexpensive. Incidentally what was sold as amphetamine in 2013 often largely consisted out of caffeine.

Moderate interest in new psychoactive substances (NPS)
Especially after the 'ecstasy crisis' of 2009, the supply of NPS grew rapidly. However, NPS are usually only used for experimental purposes. Up to now the usage of NPS remains on a much lower level than that of the 'classics'. 15% of the clubbers and ravers had, at one point, taken 4-FA (4-fluoro) but during the last month it was only used by a small 1%. Mephedrone first had a strong popularity surge in some European countries during the 'ecstasy crisis' but within the Amsterdam club scene it never really caught on and is now hardly ever used here.

Source

Bonger Institute (UvA), Jellinek Prevention (Dutch only)]]>
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/604/Amsterdam_clubbers_and_ravers_drink_heavily_and_take_more_ecstasy/
<![CDATA[The difference between ritual and recreational use of psychedelics]]> http://azarius.es/news/603/The_difference_between_ritual_and_recreational_use_of_psychedelics/
There are six types of brain waves, each with its own frequency, resulting in a particular type of consciousness.

1. Alfa (8-12Hz) waves are connected to a state of relaxation.

2. Beta (16-38Hz) waves aim to deal with stressful situations. The strong feeling of self is the product of beta waves.

3. Theta (4-8Hz) waves occur when youíre in a deeply relaxed state, usually just before you fall asleep or wake up. These waves are also referred to as the creative layer.

4. Delta (0.5-4 Hz) waves occur in babies and during deep sleep.

5. Gamma (30-80 Hz) waves occur during strong mental activity, such as anxiety, problem solving and when youíre in a state of high alert.

6. Sensory-Motor Rhythm (12-16Hz) waves occur during physical rest and strong sensorimotor consciousness.

Effects of psychedelics on brain wave pattern
Itís been shown that recreational use of LSD, psilocybin and ayahuasca causes the alpha and theta brain waves to decline and the beta waves to increase, which strengthens the ego. This contrasts with a ayahuasca ceremony, where the opposite occurs (more alpha and theta, less beta waves) which leads to a reduced sense of self. These different effects have been extensively documented by making an EEG scan of people during the trip; whether a recreational user or used ceremoniously. [1]

If a completely different brain wave pattern is found, there is also another form of consciousness. Now the question naturally arises how itís possible that a shamanistic ritual contributes to change in consciousness. The explanation is actually quite simple. The use of psychedelics isnít the only way to deliberately change our state of consciousness.

The power of meditation
There has been a lot of research into various forms of meditation and the transformation of consciousness. EEG scans were made of people who practised different types of meditation, resulting in different forms of consciousness. [2][3][4][5]

During a shamanistic ritual a variety of meditation techniques are used, such as staring into a fire, rhythmic song and dance, chanting mantras or just pure silence. In short, a shamanistic ritual with psychedelics affects consciousness in two ways, namely by the administration of psychedelics and through undergoing meditation techniques.

Apparently this combination leads to a completely different form of consciousness than if you just make use of psychedelics. For that reason, some people hold the believe that the experience and therefore value of a shamanistic ritual is not comparable to tripping without any form of meditation accompanying it.

At the same time, itís of course interesting to realize that we can influence our psychedelic trip by meditating. For that reason, the Azarius encyclopaedia now has an extensive chapter on meditation. If you want to start meditating, itís prudent to realize that meditation is not always without risk. The article in the encyclopaedia will expand on this.

Sources



1. Erik Hoffmann, Effects of a Psychedelic, Tropical Tea, Ayahuasca, on the Electroencephalographic (EEG) Activity of the Human Brain During a Shamanistic Ritual.


2. J.P Banquet, Spectral analysis of the EEG in meditation, Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, Volume 35, Issue 2, August 1973, Pages 143Ė151.


3. H.-Y. Huang1Ü , P.-C. Lo1, EEG dynamics of experienced Zen meditation practitioners probed by complexity index and spectral measure, 2009, Vol. 33, No. 4 , Pages 314-321.


4. L.I. Aftanas,, S.A. Golocheikine, Human anterior and frontal midline theta and lower alpha reflect emotionally positive state and internalized attention: high-resolution EEG investigation of meditation Neuroscience Letters, Volume 310, Issue 1, 7 September 2001, Pages 57Ė60.


5. Tetsuya Takahashia, Tetsuhito Murataa,Toshihiko Hamadab, Masao Omoria, Hirotaka Kosakaa, Mitsuru Kikuchic, Haruyoshi Yoshidab, Yuji Wadaa Changes in EEG and autonomic nervous activity during meditation and their association with personality trait, International Journal of Psychophysiology Volume 55, Issue 2, February 2005, Pages 199Ė207.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/603/The_difference_between_ritual_and_recreational_use_of_psychedelics/
<![CDATA[Turn that frown upside down]]> http://azarius.es/news/602/Turn_that_frown_upside_down/

For a light experience


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5-HTP (Griffonia extract) is a dietary supplement for a good mood, better night's rest and to diminish appetite.

Otherwise a nice Mexican tarragon extract tea could do the job; especially when youíve been drinking too much. It has a very mild anise flavour and a sweet taste. In Mexico, it's traditionally used as a tea to calm the stomach, relax the nerves and to alleviate the symptoms of a hangover.

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A step up


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Libido boost


For when your libido has suffered a blow from heavy moping: Libido Forte and BlueXtreme are both very efficient in restoring that balance. One pill should do the trick.


A serious frown


If you're really not in a good mood right now, we recommend Kanna UC extract. This extract contains a higher amount of the alkaloid mesembrine than other Kanna extracts, making the euphoric and sedative effects much more potent.


Knock your socks off


And finally, for the people who want to relax their socks off, we suggest kratom. The kratom tree is indigenous to Thailand and Malaysia where the dried leaves are used as a substitute for opium. The main alkaloid in kratom is mitragynine, known for its positive effects on one's mood. It stimulates the body and increases activity.

There are various types of kratom available, but in general the effects are stimulating and euphoric at a lower dosage and more calming and narcotic at higher dosages. These effects are noticeable very quickly and can last for several hours.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/602/Turn_that_frown_upside_down/
<![CDATA[World Ayahuasca Conference 2014]]> http://azarius.es/news/598/World_Ayahuasca_Conference_2014/ ayahuasca brew. Many people have had life-altering experiences thanks to ayahuasca ceremonies. It can't be compared to tripping on a recreational substance, it's a powerful and spiritual journey to the self, a way to get profound answers. The extraordinary effect of ayahuasca is hard to describe to those that haven't experienced it.

But the world is scared of entheogenics, of losing control. The therapeutic benefits of ayahuasca are largely ignored by governments and scientists, because psychedelics are unfortunately considered a threat and many would rather ban their use than research the possibilities. The unclear legal status doesn't help. Countries that allow the use of ayahuasca usually only permit this when taken in religious context. The world at large knows very little about the wonders of this potion from the Amazon.

The World Ayahuasca Conference, organized by the ICEERS Foundation, aims to bring attention to this very problem and other topics related to ayahuasca. From 25 to 27 September in sunny Ibiza, Spain, the conference brings together leading scientists, legal experts, practitioners. environmentalists and other experts involved in the ayahuasca field, facilitating the interchange of experience and knowledge. Over 100 international speakers are scheduled to appear.

The 3-day program consists of workshops, debates, social events and the Ayahuasca Film Forum, which will show more than twenty full length documentary films on ayahuasca. The conference will take place in the Palau de Congressos of Ibiza. For address information, tickets and additional details on the conference, visit www.aya2014.com.]]>
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/598/World_Ayahuasca_Conference_2014/
<![CDATA[The father of the legalisation movement: Jack Herer]]> http://azarius.es/news/595/The_father_of_the_legalisation_movement__Jack_Herer/ highly praised cannabis strain carries your name, that has to mean something. This honour befalls Jack Herer (1939 - 2010), the activist who spearheaded the battle for legalizing cannabis in the US for decades. Not only did he bring to light numerous hidden facts, he also regularly trumpeted praise for cannabis.

No natural born stoner
Up to the age of 30, Jack Herer lived his life as a devoted republican. A war veteran who named his son after a conservative senator, a husband who wanted to divorce his first wife when he learned that she had smoked weed. These things changed radically when a new love managed to convince Jack to try it for himself.

Emperor of cannabis
After that first taste all his prejudices went overboard and Jack started researching. He unearthed articles from pre-war newspapers, propaganda from the depths of official archives, medication from days long pastÖ and he published the book ĎThe Emperor Wears No Clothesí, printed on hemp paper and available online nowadays (although the printed version is still where itís at). His passion earned him the title Ďthe Emperor of Hempí.

The hemp car
Jack Hererís book will show you that biofuels are not as innovative as they are made to be nowadays. The idea is as old as the diesel engine. The engine presented by Rudolf Diesel on the 1900 World Fair, ran on peanut oil. And Henry Ford showed the public a car with a body made of hemp fibre and a tank full of hemp oil in 1941!



Hemp for victory!
For centuries, hemp was a major crop in the agricultural sector, both inside and outside the USA. In 1937, heavy taxes discouraged farmers to actually grow hemp. This resource was dearly missed during the Second World War. So, the US government ordered for a promotional film to be made, singing praise to the many blessings of this modest plant. After the war, hemp had to make way again and the tale was denied whenever someone asked about itÖ until Jack Herer managed to dig up the film:



The legend lives on
Jack Herer was a believer in the potential of hemp. A sustainable source of food and energy. A natural resource that can be made into paper, clothing and building materials. A natural medicine for many diseases. And a quite innocent substance for recreational use. In the US, cannabis is slowly coming out into the open after a witch hunt that lasted nearly 80 years. Letís hope the American people can bring this freedom to the rest of the world. Long Live Jack Herer! He earns all the respect we can give him.]]>
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200http://azarius.es/news/595/The_father_of_the_legalisation_movement__Jack_Herer/